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Top 7 Reasons We Feel Stressed Out

Top 7 Reasons We Feel Stressed Out

“I’m so stressed out.” We’ve all said it, and felt the effects of living it.

In our fast-paced, over-stimulated culture, we’re constantly pushing our brains and bodies to the limit. Too little sleep, exercise, and lack of a healthy diet only contribute to this feeling of anxiety, fatigue, and overwhelmedness.

You might be surprised to learn that feeling stress enabled humans’ successful evolution. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. Back in the hunter-gatherer days, our bodies would release stress-inducing chemicals into the blood so that we could either fight or flee when faced with a threat. Cortisol, a stress-induced hormone, can help boost energy and immunity, and even improve memory function in the short term. Once the threat was over, everything went back to normal.

Unfortunately, the stress we feel today isn’t brought on by a predator or the need to escape from physical entanglement. What we feel today is internal stress which comes from worry about things we can’t control. Some people even become addicted to the kind of hurried, tense, lifestyle that results from being under stress. They even look for stressful situations and feel stress about things that aren’t stressful.

Check out the infographic below to learn seven of the most common sources of internal stress, and some suggestions for how to de-stress your life before it kills you.

Is Stress Killing You?

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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3:04AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thanks

8:15PM PDT on May 8, 2013

noted

5:02PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thank you :)

6:44AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thanks for posting.

6:21AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

9:52PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Ponder this then: we pay "pro athletes" millions upon millions of dollars verses paying First responders (Fire/EMS, Police ), Dr's and nurses and teachers DIDLEY-SQUAT! Hows them apples?! (And to think we allow society to play athletes on a pedestal and it's actually considered stressful to play a game for a living)

11:47PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

stress indirectly - kills

9:15PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thanks.

6:18PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

:O

6:02PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

also Lupe G. right --- you can`t read that thing

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